Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE PRODUCERS • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane • 2004

The producers of all this year’s West End flops should be ordered to sit in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and watch a masterpiece in action. The Producers, starring Nathan … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Derek Walcott is Dead – The St. Lucia STARThe St. Lucia STAR

Derek Walcott is dead. Relatives and sources close to the Saint Lucian poet and playwright who had been suffering with health issues have confirmed that he passed away in the early … Continue reading

03/17/2017 · 6 Comments

Quote • ANNE-MARIE DUFF • Saint Joan

“She’s cheeky and pert. She’s funny by accident a lot of the time. She’s got that hilarious conviction of her own invincibility, the way you are when you’re that age … Continue reading

03/17/2017 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • DAN STEVENS • Hay Fever • 2006

Dan Stevens is hot property at the moment. The dashing twenty-three-year-old Cambridge graduate has already notched up professional credits with Sam West and Peter Hall and is currently performing in … Continue reading

03/16/2017 · 2 Comments

Tony Haygarth obituary | Stage | The Guardian

Tony Haygarth, who has died aged 72, was a salt-of-the-earth Liverpudlian actor who became a familiar face on television in series such as Emmerdale (in which he played Mick Naylor), … Continue reading

03/15/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • THE CRUCIBLE • Birmingham Rep @ New Wimbledon Theatre [tour] • 2004

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which is appearing on tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre, is regarded by many as a modern classic. First performed in New York just over fifty … Continue reading

03/15/2017 · Leave a comment

What’s So Complex about Shakespeare’s Immortal Rosalind?

Rosalind and Hamlet are surely the most complex in the vast parade of Shakespeare’s characters. In another dimension they could have been brother and sister. Both premiered during the same … Continue reading

03/14/2017 · 1 Comment

Disabled actor Mat Fraser cast as Richard III in new play – The i newspaper online iNews

An actor born with defects resulting from the drug Thalidomide has been cast as Shakespeare’s loathed and lauded villain Richard III in a new theatre produ… Source: Disabled actor Mat … Continue reading

03/13/2017 · 5 Comments

Quote • BETTE DAVIS

Photo post by @toobeguiling. “Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star.” Bette Davis Source: “Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not … Continue reading

03/13/2017 · 6 Comments

Shakespeare buys a house in Blackfriars (1613) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1613, according to the surviving Deed of Conveyance in the London Metropolitan Archives, William Shakespeare bought for £140 a “dwelling house or Tenement with th’appurtenaunces sit… … Continue reading

03/10/2017 · 1 Comment

Jasper Jones (2017) | CineMuseFilms

A coming-of-age, thriller and rom-com mashup that looks at dysfunctional lives in an Aussie country town. Source: Jasper Jones (2017) | CineMuseFilms

03/09/2017 · 6 Comments

‘It’s not just for Joey, it’s for a better world’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM

British director Stephen Unwin is set to direct his new play All Our Children—about a German clinic in 1941 that sends disabled children to their death as part of the Nazis’ killing program. … Continue reading

03/08/2017 · 4 Comments

Secrets of the Theatrical Costumer: 1903 | Mrs Daffodil Digresses

Where the Gorgeous Costumes of the Stage Are Made and Rented. There are lots of people who can manage to push their way behind the scenes at a play, but … Continue reading

03/06/2017 · 4 Comments

Archive Interview • SAMUEL WEST • Les Liaisons Dangereuses • 2003

Samuel West’s theatrical pedigree is impeccable. His grandfather was the actor Lockwood West, while his parents are Timothy West and Prunella Scales. He obtained an Equity card through The Browning … Continue reading

03/05/2017 · 3 Comments

R.I.P. Frank Delaney – charles french words reading and writing

The literary world lost an important figure in late February. Frank Delaney, (October 29, 1942-February 21, 2017) the novelist and historian from Ireland, died at the age of 74. Delaney, … Continue reading

03/05/2017 · 2 Comments

Vesta Tilley: Male Impersonator | Rogues & Vagabonds

This image is from an original postcard in my possession of the great English Music Hall performer Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), who was especially renowned as a male impersonator and beloved … Continue reading

03/04/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • THE LARAMIE PROJECT • KIT Productions @ Sound Theatre, London • 2005

In 1998 two local men met Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old, five foot two inches tall, gay student in a bar in Laramie, Wyoming. They took him in their wagon … Continue reading

03/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Croatia: Great Excitement For “The General” Feature Movie – Croatia, the War, and the Future

It’s been about a week and much of Croatia is buzzing with excitement about the start of the filming of a new feature movie called “The General”. Most say: About … Continue reading

03/02/2017 · 2 Comments

Rufus Norris: ‘We are living in an age of extreme selfishness’ | Stage | The Guardian

Shocked by the Brexit vote, the director of the National Theatre embarked on an ambitious countrywide listening project. Rufus Norris explains how everyone from shepherds to shop workers shaped his … Continue reading

02/28/2017 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Taylor and the Holocaust: The Story of Montage by Jean-Luc Godard | A R T L▼R K

On the 27th of February 1932, Elizabeth Taylor was born in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England. She was born with a rare condition called distichiasis, which in her case manifested … Continue reading

02/27/2017 · 1 Comment

Best Picture Mistake Leads To Most Awkward Moment In Oscar History | The Huffington Post

Jaws dropped as it was announced that “La La Land” was prematurely named the winner. Source: Best Picture Mistake Leads To Most Awkward Moment In Oscar History | The Huffington … Continue reading

02/27/2017 · 2 Comments

Mel Gibson’s Epic “Hacksaw Ridge” Reviewed by Jack Hawkins

Hacksaw Ridge spins a crowd-pleasing yarn about a simple man who possessed extraordinary mettle and bravery. Desmond Doss, a ‘conscientious cooperator’ fro Source: Mel Gibson’s Epic “Hacksaw Ridge” Reviewed by … Continue reading

02/27/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Book Review • SHAKESPEARE’S WIFE by Germaine Greer • pub. Bloomsbury Publishing • 2007

You know you are in for a good read when an intellectual and academic, who also happens to be the adopted mother of Austral-British feminism, gets to grips with the … Continue reading

02/26/2017 · 4 Comments

13 Oscar Records That Could Be Shattered This Sunday

Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the folks who could make history on Sunday Source: 13 Oscar Records That Could Be Shattered This Sunday

02/25/2017 · 7 Comments

I’m an Arab actor who’s been asked to audition for the role of terrorist more than 30 times. If La La Land cleans up at the Oscars, I’m done | The Independent

I’ve worked as a professional performer in the UK since the age of 12 – and my Arab heritage has pitted me against some pretty awful racial profiling in the … Continue reading

02/25/2017 · 2 Comments

The Essential John Ford Films. – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

Hollywood film director John Ford was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on February 1st 1894 and died on August 31st 1973, at the age of 79. He is best remembered … Continue reading

02/24/2017 · 3 Comments

On 75th of ‘Casablanca,’ the ‘Delightful’ New History ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca’ Tells All – Tablet Magazine

One day on the set of Casablanca, Peter Lorre persuaded a few soundmen to rig up a wire in the room where director Michael Curtiz, much like Claude Rains’ Capt. … Continue reading

02/22/2017 · 3 Comments

The Opera of Paris:  We Also Procure Our Ballerinas to Wealthy Men | Victorian Paris

The title of this post is not an exaggeration, although the Opera directors would have preferred a more subtle one or, ideally, a complete silence on the subject.  The Béraud’s … Continue reading

02/21/2017 · 2 Comments

‘One of the fathers of American film criticism’: Time critic Richard Schickel dies at 84 – LA Times

Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died … Continue reading

02/20/2017 · 4 Comments